In trading on Monday, shares of the First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund ETF (FRI) entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $17.43 per share. We define oversold territory using the Relative Strength Index, or RSI, which is a technical analysis indicator used to measure momentum on a scale of zero to 100. A stock is considered to be oversold if the RSI reading falls below 30.
In the case of First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund, the RSI reading has hit 28.1 — by comparison, the RSI reading for the S&P 500 is currently 35.3.
A bullish investor could look at FRI's 28.1 reading as a sign that the recent heavy selling is in the process of exhausting itself, and begin to look for entry point opportunities on the buy side.
Looking at a chart of one year performance (below), FRI's low point in its 52 week range is $16.57 per share, with $21.33 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $17.59. First Trust S&P REIT Index Fund shares are currently trading off about 1.8% on the day.